Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Our American Family: The Furutas" now on Amazon Prime in the United States and Japan!

ABOVE: The Furuta family of Historic Wintersburg, on the C.M. Furuta Gold Fish Farm. Charles Furuta arrived in America in 1900.  He returned to Japan to bring his bride, Yukiko Yajima, to California in 1912.  They created a goldfish and flower farm in the peatlands of Wintersburg Village, now part of Huntington Beach, California. Their farm, along with the Wintersburg Japanese Mission, contain over a century of history of pioneer settlement and the pursuit of the American dream.  Historic Wintersburg was designated a National Treasure in 2015 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (Photo, courtesy of Furuta family, circa 1923).  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©

   Our American Family: The Furutas of Historic Wintersburg is now available on Amazon Prime in the United States and in Japan!

   We worked with the production team for Our American Family---providing research, historical photographs, and on-site filming assistance at Historic Wintersburg---in September 2013. In February 2015, the film premiered at the Japanese American National Museum on the national Day of Remembrance, prior to it airing on PBS SoCal and on public television stations nationally. 

LEFT: The Our American Family team, Michael Nolan and Bradford Van Demark, flew to California from their homebase in Nashville, Tennessee, to film at Historic Wintersburg and conduct oral histories for with the Furuta family.  The advance work and research was assisted by Historic Wintersburg author Mary Urashima and also utilized the 1982 oral history of Yukiko Furuta, held by California State University Center for Oral and Public History. (Photo, M. Urashima, Michael Nolan and Bradford Van Demark at the Huntington Beach Pier, September 2013) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©

   Prior to it's debut in 2015, a video trailer was released in 2014, when Historic Wintersburg was named to the America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (watch the video at the March 20, 2017, post on our Facebook page,

RIGHT:  Film actress Takayo Fischer---known for her roles in Pirates of the Caribbean, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Moneyball, among other films and productions---brought to life the voice of Yukiko Furuta for the film,  We thank Takayo for her gracious contribution to this effort. (Photo, Courtesy of IMDb)

   In 2015 and 2016, Our American Family: The Furutas aired nationwide on PBS stations, after Historic Wintersburg was designated a National Treasure (less than 100 National Treasures in the United States, Historic Wintersburg is the first and only National Treasure in Orange County, California).

   We are pleased to share the producers' announcement that Our American Family: The Furutas, is available internationally on Amazon Prime! Learn more about the Furuta family and Historic Wintersburg, along with the inspiring stories of four other American families. More information regarding the Amazon Prime release at (United States), and (Japan)

Special thanks to the producers of Our American Family: Steve Young, Michael Nolan and Bradford Van Demark.  Thank you for recognizing the importance and inspiring story of this American family!  

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